Reading and Phonics

Reading at Manaccan Primary School


Reading is an integral part of children’s development; learning to read unlocks a whole new world and is a vital life skill.  At Manaccan we strive to help children develop a love for reading as well as the skills required to read successfully. 


When children join the school they are given a reading log book and access books from the school library to read at home together with parents or careers; this helps to establish a reading routine.  After a couple of weeks children begin taking home books from our reading scheme.  This is made up of different books from varying companies and children are able to access books that interest them within their coloured band.  These colour bands relate to their reading ability and children progress through the bands as their ability and confidence grows.


Children are encouraged to read regularly at home, but are also heard regularly within school by teachers and teaching assistants.  Children who read at home are proven to have greater success when learning to read and make quicker initial progress; any reading done at home or school is recorded in their reading log book.  As children progress through the school they also take part in guided reading sessions with small groups of similar ability children.


Phonics at Manaccan Primary School


Phonics is taught daily to Reception to Year 5, to all children working within Phase 2-6 of the government ‘Letters and Sounds’ document.  Children are grouped according to their ability and receive a 20 minute group session every day.


We use the LCP Phonics Planning 2nd Edition across the school; this is supplemented by Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play and Giant Phonics.